English for Journalists is a unique English course developed by the National Union of Journalists as an online interactive tool providing grammar and literacy skills.

English for Journalists comprises seven modules. Each of these covers a different aspect of English usage and regulation, from the strict rules of Grammatical Terms to advice and assistance in What Not To Write. Each course is comprised of information pages and interactive quizzes.

Course costs £25 for NUJ members and £40 for non-members. To subscribe contact scottishtraining@nuj.org.uk

The Media writing and editing (subbing) online training course is the National Union of Journalists’ direct Scottish route to Text Handling of the highest standard.

It is aimed at helping course members master the art of subbing ie. getting the words right. The computer skills of using text and graphics programmes are to be learned on the union’s other courses.  This one could be done using pencil and paper! 

It is not just about making raw copy fit, it’s about making it FIT TO READ.

Course costs £25 for NUJ members and £40 for non-members. To subscribe contact scottishtraining@nuj.org.uk

Presentation skills, soundbite training and crisis management are all good but unless there is an understanding of the media itself, then it’s like teaching someone to dive who hasn’t learned to swim.

Whether you have no experience or whether you deal with the media daily, Media Awareness will enable you to understand the process, not just the end result.

This online course aims to arm users with a clear sense of the different values within the news media, give an insight into the motivations and pressures on individual journalists and offer practical advice on developing relationships with journalists and the media they work for.

On completion, participants should have a clear understanding of how the news media works and have sufficient empathy for news journalists and confidence in dealing with them to aid them in their future work.

Course costs £25 for NUJ members and £40 for non-members. To subscribe contact scottishtraining@nuj.org.uk

Health & Safety for Video Journalists

The exponential rise in the use of social media devices and platforms during the Covid-19 crisis has undoubtedly changed the face of news gathering and reporting. Time will only tell if this is for better or worse within the industry.

The fact remains that media organisations will undoubtedly be looking at any advantages created by the increasing number of reporters working from home, rather than gathering in traditional newsrooms. 

Irrespective of whatever transpires the unrelenting advance in technology exposes most of us to new challenges and hazards in the workplace and may also present hitherto unforeseen risks to the public.

This online guide outlines some of the issues at stake.  You may already have adopted procedures and safeguards of your own but there may also be aspects that you have never considered. Video journalism includes everything other journalists encounter but can also include storyboarding, sound editing, location filming to desktop editing. Health and Safety cuts across everything.

Course costs £25 for NUJ members and £40 for non-members. To subscribe contact scottishtraining@nuj.org.uk

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The Collaborative Leadership Stage 1 course was developed by the NUJ to tackle prevalent problems in our industry such as overly-hierarchical structures,  bullying cultures, misogyny and poor people management.  Some of these problems are caused by the high stress environments we operate in, often caused by tight deadlines, low staffing levels and a highly competitive market place.  But the way we react to those stressors, both personally and professionally, can mean the difference  between a disgruntled and demotivated staff, and a team which works productively and collaboratively  to overcome difficulties.  We hope these two online modules will help you ensure your workplace is in the latter category.

Course costs £25 for NUJ members and £40 for non-members. To subscribe contact scottishtraining@nuj.org.uk